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(44) Eileen Dover
Fri, 13 March 2015 02:22:36 +0000
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Penny, to me you represent much of what Eileen Dover stands for. Eileen is my rage, my quest for social, societal, and economic parity. Eileen is who I had to be when I couldn't be me, She was my inner Penny Arcade. Now Eileen Dover isn't just a character I've invented to escape my troubles, but a collaborative of misfits, standing together in solidarity, like the LGBT community did at one time . Eileen comforts the bullied and she's not afraid to bash back with intellect, a razor sharp wit, and a heel in the ass of the establishment! She does whatever it takes to right a wrong. So many rebels will not be silenced, but without people like you Penny, Eileen and I would've succumbed to the ignorance and hardship of abuse, assault and a life not survived by most who've had to walk the road of loneliness and isolation. Thank you Penny Arcade for being instrumental and vocal in the creation of a world where even the misfits among misfits can feel loved and cared for! Thanks for the art, and for giving a voice to so many! XX Your Italian/Irish Scorpio sister in creation, Eileen Dover!!! (Mike F.)

(43) dena lenard
Wed, 11 March 2015 13:08:10 +0000
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Looking forward to your next performance

(42) Vince Brown
Sun, 2 November 2014 19:02:15 +0000
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greetings! I read your piece in Bedford and Bowery this morning and it totally pumped my spirit up. I came out of high school here in DC in 1986 and as that kid who got into our downtown clubs like 9:30 and DC Space. My city now is as soft as the rest of the country and I held out hope until a visit last year that NYC still had some edge left to it. Im glad I experienced WDC in the 80's and a touch of the Big Apple in the very early 90's. You gave me a shot of encouragement and validity to my ideals. Peace.

(41) Robert Farrar
Fri, 8 August 2014 17:57:39 +0000
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Dear Penny

I just read your Letter to a Young Artist #1, and I found it so strengthening!

I am a 53-year-old artist who has started from scratch many times in my life, going back to the drawing board, ripping it up and starting again, trying t find a way of being an artist that worked for me. In the 80s I had a band but got badly treated by a record company, so I left music and became a writer. Then after 20 years of trying (sometimes successfully) to find things that I wanted to write and that other people wanted ME to write (a bad mind-set!) I thought, Fuck it, and went back to music, which is what I love. So now I am gigging again, to audiences of 15 or 20 people, wondering exactly how one is supposed to proceed?

But maybe I am successful already, whatever that means. I am alive and I am doing what I want to do. My art is immeasurably more interesting than it was when I was 24. It has depth. I have a better idea of who I am, and can defend myself against the endless unsolicited advice that popular musicians are customarily subjected to ("You should sound more like club music" etc) The years in which I was miserable and lost forced me to explore and learn and change. I worked with a gay men's tantric group for five years. I finally got it together to leave England, having never liked it, and move to the one place in the world where I have ever been happy, Berlin.

Yes, there are great crowds of young people running out of universities and launching themselves as artists. But there are fewer people in their fifties who are still hanging in there.

Thank you, your words have made my day.

Best wishes

Robert Farrar
Aka Merlin Dietrich


(40) Rjm
Sun, 3 August 2014 08:34:57 +0000
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Letter to an artist re: the long vision. I couldn't agree more, and appreciate its perspective immensely. So very validating.

(39) Paul Anderson
Mon, 21 July 2014 18:45:11 +0000
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Hi Penny,

I hope you dont mind my asking, are you the same Penny Arcade that played the Olympia Theatre here in Dublin? I ask because I was just talking to a friend about a really great night we had in the Olympia with yourself, Alan Amsby AKA Mr Pussy, and others. You gave some complimentary passes to my mother who had visited your show previous night. She could not make it but we turned up instead. If it was you I hope you are keeping well. Drop me a line if it was I promise to respond.

(38) Gregg Bellon
Thu, 3 July 2014 23:31:21 +0000
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Just read your interview in Goodie zine from 2000. You're an inspiration of creativity and free living. You've reinvigorated my creative spirit. Hope we have occasion to meet sometime.

(37) DanaWYn Sherman
Thu, 12 June 2014 14:47:53 +0000
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So looking forward to seeing you tonight. Break a leg?

(36) emily schumacher
Wed, 9 April 2014 04:00:58 +0000
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Dear Penny,
I had the pleasure of meeting you many years ago in Olympia at yoyo in the alley. You were very kind and told me i needed to wear sunscreen. I didn't believe my mom but i believed you and i have been glad i wear
sunscreen. i was very enchanted by you and pondered the oracle concept.
Thank You,
Emily

(35) Eileen and Amos Perry
Sat, 5 April 2014 02:08:08 +0000
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Greetings from Nova Scotia Canada!
Kudos on your work.